- Detroit Steakhouse tells patrons who smell like marijuana “don’t even think of going inside. “
- In a Facebook post, the Detroit Caucus Club noted that its dress code policy was casual.
- Restaurant owner George Sboukis told WJBK he didn’t mean harm in the mail.
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A steakhouse in Detroit follows its dress code policy which includes the smell of marijuana.
In a Facebook post, the Detroit Caucus Club wrote that its dress code policy is casual, reminding customers that “proper dress is required,” and that includes the smell of marijuana.
“Seriously, people, hoodies and shirts are not work clothes. Caps and sneakers aren’t either, ”says the caption. “Most importantly, if you smell marijuana, don’t even think about stepping into the Caucus Club. ”
Restaurant owner George Sboukis told WJBK he didn’t mean harm in the mail and said “it was a reminder with a little gravy just to get people’s attention.”
“It’s so pungent, some of the guests commented, ‘It smells like you’re sitting next to a dead skunk,'” he told local media.
Some Facebook users commented expressed support for the restaurant’s decision, while others claimed the rule was racist.
“It’s a thinly veiled attempt at racism. Trying to racially profile before your clients even show up?!?! Probably a kiss of death for the establishment. I will never eat there, ”one person wrote.
“This is coded language for racism and it will likely be used as a tool to stop Blacks and POC Detroiter from dining here,” commented another user.
But Sboukis told WJBK it was not like that at all.
“We had people celebrating their 50th (anniversary) last week, the week before. They get dressed, they put on an evening dress, their earrings, their best costume, ”Sboukis explained. “They go out to celebrate and expect to be surrounded by like-minded guests. ”
In Michigan, recreational use of marijuana is legal for all adults aged 21 and over, although state law prohibits smoking in public spaces, with residents encouraged to limit use to their home or in other private spaces.
The Caucus Club did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for further comment.